Blue chip companies pull back from Clintons

An Exxon Mobil spokesman said this week that the company has decided not to be involved in the Clinton Global Initiative this year. The oil company said its decision was unrelated to recent scrutiny of the foundation, but this is … Read the rest

British firms linked to severe human rights abuses

Hundreds of British firms operating abroad may be implicated in severe human rights abuses such as modern slavery, poverty-level wages, beatings, killings and environmental damage, an international NGO warns.

The NGO probed one such British firm, Glencore, regarding its conduct … Read the rest

EFF targets mining magnates

Closing the EFF’s national people’s assembly in Bloemfontein yesterday, party president Julius Malema called on members to “block mines” in which magnate Patrice Motsepe (African Rainbow Minerals), Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa ( Lonmin) and National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete (Gold … Read the rest

Strikes in mining sector hit five-year high

labourThe number of strikes last year in South Africa hit a five-year high, with the mining sector accounting for 82.4% of them, says the labour depratment.

A total of 99 strikes were recorded in 2012, close to half of them … Read the rest

Mining and land rights discussed at PAP

Mining activity and the land issue is to be discussed in the Pan African Parliament.

Co-hosted by Oxfam, Action Aid, the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), and the Future Agricultures Consortium, the hearings offer people affected by … Read the rest

Mine firm desecrated sacred Aboriginal site

aboartAn Australian mining firm was convicted on Friday in Darwin of desecrating a sacred outback Aboriginal site in a landmark ruling protecting the beliefs of the beleaguered minority in the country.

OM (Manganese) Limited, an Australian subsidiary of Singapore-based OM … Read the rest

Four illegal miners found dead on East Rand

guns_ak47sFour illegal miners died and 11 were wounded during a clash in a mine shaft in Brakpan North, Ekurhuleni emergency management services said on Monday.

“We’ve counted four [dead miners], but there’s a possibility that the number could rise,” said … Read the rest

Mining bosses still raking in millions

The mining industry is in the doldrums. Declining metal prices and rising costs foreshadow a tumultuous time ahead for the sector which is still reeling from devastating wildcat strikes last year.

Yet mining bosses continue to rake it in – … Read the rest

Anglo to face multiple silicosis suits in SA

silicosisGold miners vowed on Thursday to take their silicosis lawsuit against London-listed Anglo American to South Africa’s courts, after a British court refused to hear their case.

London’s High Court ruled on Wednesday that it did not have jurisdiction over … Read the rest

Quadrupled recycled platinum supply driving mining price down

A significant increase in the supply of platinum from recycling, a strong fall in demand for autocatalysts and price-elastic Chinese jewellery demand are combining to hobble the platinum mining industry.

 (Amplats) CEO Chris Griffith tells Mining Weekly Online in the … Read the rest

Anglo American CEO blames ‘apartheid’ for mine violence

Violence witnessed in the mining sector this year stems from apartheid, outgoing Anglo American CEO Cynthia Carroll said on Tuesday.

“The violence we have seen in the mining sector this year has its seeds in the legacy of apartheid and … Read the rest